16th February 2011

The Throne Of Grace

 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence…”
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV UK)

Whatever we are going through, God provides the grace to help us and there is nothing more powerful than grace. “The God of all grace” 1 Peter 5:10 says, and in 2 Corinthians 12:9 we find, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…”

The word grace is undoubtedly one of the most important words in the Bible. William Barclay said, “We have in the grace of god an antiseptic which will preserve us from the infection of sin” (the Letters of James & Peter, p. 328).

Grace is a special love which is kind to the undeserving and ungrateful. It sacrifices and serves the undeserving. Manna from heaven was a graceful act of God. He provided food for grumblers. Would we do that? That is gracious. God’s grace is older than our sins. It was there before creation.

Abraham continually made mistakes but he continually trusted God, and is an example to us of God’s grace.

Grace gives us an incentive to do right—it makes us eager to please God—the commandments can’t do that.

“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (John 1:16 RSV). Whatever we are going through God provides the grace to help us. We are “…justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favour to us sinners), that we may receive mercy (for our failures) and find grace to help in good time for every need (appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it)” (Hebrews 4:16 AMP).

So let’s grow in grace because “…it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—” (Ephesians 2:8). As the song says, of all the words in the Bible, grace is the most amazing.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your amazing gift of grace. I come to your throne of grace. Please help me to grow in grace and never forget your graciousness to me. Help me to always be gracious to all I come in contact with.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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